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Old July 21st, 2016, 08:35 AM   #61
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Does anybody have these information?

1. Are hydrofoil boats like hover crafts? Does it lift from the water surface while cruising?

2. Does the proposed services have stops in between?

3. Is a wharf in place at Kozhikode?

I think this service is a good idea. Environment friendly. Fun. No heart burn due to congestion like a highway. The service can be extended from TVM to Kasargode also.

The flip side is nobody is sure whether it would be viable. One high speed catamaran service started in nineteen ninetees between Goa and Mumbai shut the shop due to lack of patronage. There is a plan to revive it eyeing the tourists. Not the general public. Secondly the public in general are petrified at the idea of travelling in water. Any accident during rough weather could be disastrous, considering our track records in safety measures and disaster management. Thirdly it is a matter of concern how this speed boat will cruise through the highly crowded fishing and trawling activities in Kerala coasts. Will it cover and venture in to deep sea to avoid fishing activities? Fourthly if the scheme is extended through out Kerala coast with one stop at every district, the very idea of speed travel will be defeated. Unlike other mode of transport, boats take longer time to coast to a wharf and sail away from it. At each wharf it needs to take detour from deep sea to the shore and vice versa. Ultimately turning it in to a tourist attraction only. Not a mass transit mode for the public.

Please do not call me a nay sayer for pointing out the flip side. These are the doubts naturally bound to arise in each one of you.
1. It will b initially in water like normal boat, once it gains speed it will lift up and only the foils will be in contact with water.

2. No stops in between

3. Beypore port is the destination and it has 2 wharves which are already used for passenger ships.

The purpose is not for daily travel for common man, as it is not practical. There are no warves in between kochi and beypore except for few fishing harbours. It will not mix with fisherman since it will be traveling through shipping line 12 nautical miles from coast. And of course water transport is most risky compared to road transport and safest air transport.

I think practically it could be feasible between vizhinjam/kollam - kochi -Beypore. (Need to see the response though) Mostly tourist and luxury travel. Not sure towards lakshdweep it will work out as planned since its quite a far and whether would not be favorable for small ships.
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Hydrofoils do not pitch like the traditional boats once they reach speeds and skim on the surface using their foils. The ride will be even and smooth. Only issue will be during rough weather.
Still lot of people have complained about sea sickness in places where they use it. And sea sickness vary from people to people. There are lot of poeple who avoid bus travel from bangalore to calicut because of it has to pass through churam. So its all depends on how good your stomach can hold.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 08:45 AM   #63
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Are any trial runs planned for the hydrofoil service?

Haven't heard any news about it. Though I feel they will/should do the test runs without any media hype. So if any drawbacks are there, they can clear it and be ready for Onam inauguration.
They are yet to be done with all paperwork!. I dont think any issues with boat would be there as it is tested thoroughly before shipping and people would have gone to the manufacturer to test it before delivery .
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This will be good for tourists only. I wish govt give priority for shifting most of our freight transport through minor ports. That would reduce congestion in our highway which could then be used for passenger transport. Now the highways are full trucks, tankers and trailers.
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Does anybody have these information?

1. Are hydrofoil boats like hover crafts? Does it lift from the water surface while cruising?

2. Does the proposed services have stops in between?

3. Is a wharf in place at Kozhikode?

I think this service is a good idea. Environment friendly. Fun. No heart burn due to congestion like a highway. The service can be extended from TVM to Kasargode also.

The flip side is nobody is sure whether it would be viable. One high speed catamaran service started in nineteen ninetees between Goa and Mumbai shut the shop due to lack of patronage. There is a plan to revive it eyeing the tourists. Not the general public. Secondly the public in general are petrified at the idea of travelling in water. Any accident during rough weather could be disastrous, considering our track records in safety measures and disaster management. Thirdly it is a matter of concern how this speed boat will cruise through the highly crowded fishing and trawling activities in Kerala coasts. Will it cover and venture in to deep sea to avoid fishing activities? Fourthly if the scheme is extended through out Kerala coast with one stop at every district, the very idea of speed travel will be defeated. Unlike other mode of transport, boats take longer time to coast to a wharf and sail away from it. At each wharf it needs to take detour from deep sea to the shore and vice versa. Ultimately turning it in to a tourist attraction only. Not a mass transit mode for the public.

Please do not call me a nay sayer for pointing out the flip side. These are the doubts naturally bound to arise in each one of you.
Uncle hydrofoil jet boats ferry thousands of people daily between Hong kong & Macau in South China Sea . But Hydro foil carriers can be run only in certain type of water bodies ( diont have much idea about it) . Commercial viability is a distant dream as these carriers need periodical maintenance check ups ; failure of proper preventive check ups will have serious effect . Again on the safety side ; i dont think if its going to be run by Govt authorities / KSWTC ; it will not have to run long considering their track records.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 05:32 PM   #66
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This will be good for tourists only. I wish govt give priority for shifting most of our freight transport through minor ports. That would reduce congestion in our highway which could then be used for passenger transport. Now the highways are full trucks, tankers and trailers.
GoK has this plan from long time. But reached nowhere.

Plan was to have NW-3 for intrastate shipping and non-major ports for interstate shipping.

But current even the completed portion of NW3 is not utilized. North Kerala side canoli canal remains neglected.
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Still lot of people have complained about sea sickness in places where they use it. And sea sickness vary from people to people. There are lot of poeple who avoid bus travel from bangalore to calicut because of it has to pass through churam. So its all depends on how good your stomach can hold.
with the route plaanned vid Ship Channel, there is less chances of sea sickness.
remember the UFO bus service to Ernakulam. In its times it was competent service and hanged on for quite sometime. perhaps not to that extend, but we can expect this to be an alternative to crowded trains that takes more than 5 hours to reach calicut from KOchi..
Hope it get extended to Talassery soon.
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with the route plaanned vid Ship Channel, there is less chances of sea sickness.
remember the UFO bus service to Ernakulam. In its times it was competent service and hanged on for quite sometime. perhaps not to that extend, but we can expect this to be an alternative to crowded trains that takes more than 5 hours to reach calicut from KOchi..
Hope it get extended to Talassery soon.
Sea sickness has nothing to do with shipping line. Shipping line is like "virtual road" in sea. Vessels will still go up and down left and right, rocking in all dimensions. There is no escape from that. Only thing is how people get used to it. I dont know if in any part of the world crafts are used as an alternative for regular travel where road and rail connectivity exists.

Talassery port has no warf. So it cannot be extended to there. But Azhikal it can.
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Sea sickness has nothing to do with shipping line. Shipping line is like "virtual road" in sea. Vessels will still go up and down left and right, rocking in all dimensions. There is no escape from that. Only thing is how people get used to it. I dont know if in any part of the world crafts are used as an alternative for regular travel where road and rail connectivity exists.

Talassery port has no warf. So it cannot be extended to there. But Azhikal it can.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 06:05 AM   #72
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If there was an award for the best contributor to SSC, I would definitely vote for Jaivin from Kozhikode without a second thought.

His concern for development of Kerala is genuine. He is not touched by any regional sentiments. He does not get involved in any controversies. He does not get involved in any argument with anybody. He never blames any political party. Keeps on posting the new infrastructural developments in Kerala.

In fact I can compare him to a 'Karma Yogi' described in Bhagavad Gita. He is never tempted by anything. I myself am at fault here.

Good work my boy.
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Rajyashaba/Lokshaba QA .

Four National Waterways for State notified

The Union Ministry of Shipping has said that Kerala will have four National Waterways out of the 111 declared. The main one for Kerala is the 365- km National Waterway-3 running through the Kollam-Kozhikode stretch of West Coast Canal along with the Champakara and Udyogamandal Canals, as per information provided to the Lok Sabha last week.

The 28-km Alappuzha-Changanassery Canal has been notified as National Waterway-8 and the 38-km Alappuzha-Kottayam-Athirampuzha Canal as the National Waterway-9. The 28 km-long Kottayam-Vaikom Canal has been notified as the National Waterway-59.

Out of the 111 National Waterways, the National Waterways 1, 2 and 3 are already operational.
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A water terminal for CIAL was also planned in the similar terms.... Whats the status of that....
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Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurates the Sagarmala Development Company: says the company will play a major role in realizing India’s maritime potential



The Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that projects worth Rs. 1 Lakh Crore under Sagarmala programme are at various stages of implementation and development. He was speaking to the press at a ceremony to inaugurate the Sagarmala Development Company in New Delhi today. The Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013. The company has an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 Crore and a subscribed share capital of Rs. 90 Crore.

The main objective of the company is to identify port-led development projects under the Sagarmala Programme and provide equity support for the project Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up by the Ports / State / Central Ministries and funding window and /or implement only those residual projects which cannot be funded by any other means / mode.

The Cabinet had approved the formation of the SDC under the administrative control of the Ministry of Shipping in July 2016. The company would help in structuring activities, bidding out projects for private sector participation, identifying suitable risk management measures for strategic projects across multiple States / Regions and obtaining requisite approvals and clearances.

The implementation of the identified projects would be taken up by the relevant Ports, State Governments/Maritime Boards, Central Ministries, through private or PPP mode. The Company would act as the nodal agency for coordination and monitoring of all the currently identified projects under Sagarmala as well as other projects emerging from the master plans or other sources.

It would also undertake the preparation of the detailed master plans for the Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) identified as part of the National Perspective Plan (NPP) SDC would be raising funds as debt/equity (as long term capital), as per the project requirements, by leveraging resources provided by the Government of India and from multi-lateral and bilateral funding agencies. It would also aim to increase the scope of private sector participation in project development.

The incorporation of SDC is part of the ambitious Sagarmala Programme by the Government of India which aims to harness India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes. The concept of the Sagarmala Programme was approved by the Cabinet in March 2015. The CIN number of the company is U74999DL2016GOI305194.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari also informed the press about the status of work done so far under the Sagarmala programme and plan for the future. To see the details of the same please click on the link below.


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Canal walk away to give city residents a unwind zone is planned by Calicut city corporation.
The snaps of the canal which flows along the Mini Byepass in city corporation limits is given here.



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